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ZeroAvia get UK Approval To Begin Testing Hydrogen Powered Engines

ZeroAvia’s Retrofitted Dornier 228 (Photo Courtsey ZeroAvia

The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority granted ZeroAvia permission to start testing its retrofitted Dornier 228 aircraft. The plane is now equipped with prototype hydrogen-powered engines.

“Earning our full Part 21 permit to fly with the CAA is a critical milestone as we develop a zero-emission aviation propulsion system that will be the most environmental and economical solution to the industry’s climate impact. We’re going to be starting 2023 in the best way possible, by demonstrating through flight that true zero-emission commercial flight is much closer than many think.” Founder and CEO of ZeroAvia Val Mifthakov said in a company statement.

The company will begin test flights with their Dornier 228 as early as January and it will be the largest aircraft ever to fly using hydrogen-electric power. If successful, according to ZeroAvia

“It will pave the way for a commercially certifiable configuration for ZA600 to be submitted by the end of 2023, ahead of delivering powertrains for the first commercial routes for 9-19 seat aircraft to commence by 2025. With 1,500 engines under pre-order, partnerships with seven aircraft manufacturers and multiple fuel and airport partnerships, ZeroAvia is well positioned to lead the industry’s transformation to a clean future.”

ZeroAvia claims to be the leader in zero-emission aviation and is hoping to bring 9-19 seat commercial airliners to market by 2025 with further goals to follow.

According to ZeroAvia’s website the so-called “HyFlyer II Project” will see “ZeroAvia develop a certifiable hydrogen-electric powertrain that can power airframes carrying up to 19 passengers. To do this, it will collaborate with two partners, the European Marine Energy Centre and Aeristech. The HyFlyer II project will conclude with another world’s first hydrogen-electric flight by ZeroAvia in a 19-seat aircraft, with a 300-nautical mile flight in 2023. The HyFlyer II project is part-funded by the UK Government’s Aerospace Technology Institute’s (ATI) programme, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK”

Hydrogen electric flight is still very much in its infancy but if ZeroAvia can pull off a scalable hydrogen engine they could very much revolutionize the aviation industry. Their hopes don’t seem to involve larger aircraft in the short to mid-term but rather they are attempting to employ short-haul prop planes

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